Curated Collection

Editorial: Welcome to the Circus


On January 9, 1768, Philip Astley stepped into the circus ring. Armed with only a sword and centrifugal force, he astounded audiences with a horse ride—with one foot on the saddle and the other on the horse’s head! Ladies and gentlemen, the world's first modern circus inspired centuries of entertainment to come. Catch gymnasts, musicians, clowns, and more in this archival collection.